Until now, only the customer could authorize additional work.
Under current law, an Automotive Repair Dealer (ARD) is required to give each customer a written estimated price for parts and labor before repair work begins. If the actual parts and labor will exceed the written estimate, the ARD is required to obtain the customer's authorization before any additional service is performed.
If the authorization from the customer for additional repairs is oral, the dealer must make a notation on the work order and on the invoice of the date, time, name of person authorizing the additional repairs and the telephone number called. The notation must also include a specification of the additional repairs, parts, labor and the total additional cost.